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Michael "njnj17" Leib Wins 2021 World Series of Poker Online $333 No-Limit Hold'em For $81,645

With His Third Cash Of The Young Series, Leib Bested A 1,517-Entry Field To Earn His First Bracelet


After two close calls earlier in the series, Michael “njnj17” Leib broke through and won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Leib bested a 1,517-entry field to earn $81,645 and the hardware in the $333 no-limit hold’em. It was his third cash and third deep run of the 2021 World Series of Poker Online following a 13th place finish in the $888 no-limit hold’em crazy eights event and a 16th place in the $2,000 no-limit hold’em deepstack event.

Leib defeated Robert “LuckyLuch11” Aronowitz heads-up and topped a final table that featured high roller regular Dan “oiltrader513” Shak and Michael “helionic” Dyer, who finished third in the 2018 World Series of Poker main event for $3.75 million.

Dan ShakAfter Shak disposed of bracelet winner Will Givens in 10th place, he took the chip lead into the final table. Aronowitz was just a few big blinds behind him and Leib sat in a distant third.

However, once the final nine took their seats, it became a two-man show with Leib and Aronowitz dominating the table. The final two players scored every knockout at the final table, as they pulled away from the pack.

Aronowitz eliminated George “gkon86” Konstantoulakis very early to overtake Shak for the chip lead. In a battle of the blinds, Aronowitz raised from the small blind with QSpade Suit4Spade Suit and Konstantoulakis defended 6Spade Suit9Diamond Suit from the big blind.

Both players checked the 8Heart Suit6Heart Suit4Club Suit flop and the QHeart Suit came on the turn. Aronowitz bet and Konstantoulakis called. The river was the JSpade Suit and Aronowitz checked. Konstantoulakis put out an overbet shove that was eventually called by Aronowitz. Aronowitz’s two pair sent Konstantoulakis home in ninth and gave Aronowitz temporarily into the chip lead.

It was Leib’s turn to give everyone some more virtual elbow room, as he scored a double knockout in a three-way all in. Michael “MMenz08816” Menzer moved all in for just shy of 9 big blinds, and Vinny “Vinnyj88” John three-bet shoved all in for about 18 big blinds on the button. Leib called from the small blind, having both of them covered.

Menzer tabled 9Diamond Suit9Heart Suit, John showed 8Heart Suit8Club Suit and Leib turned over AHeart SuitQClub Suit. Leib got about as good of a flop as he could’ve hoped for, flopping top pair and the nut flush draw on a QHeart SuitJHeart Suit3Heart Suit board. It left his opponents with two outs combined, which neither hit, and they were both eliminated.

Since John started the hand with the bigger stack, he took home the better finishing spot. He earned $10,467 for seventh, while Menzer took home $7,919 for eighth. The double knockout moved Leib into the lead.

After the blinds went up, however, Aronowitz picked up right where he left off. He min-raised from the cutoff and called a five big blind shove from Mijael “Diaper_money” Meza on the button. Meza was in the lead with A-10 against Aronowitz’s Q-J suited, but a Q came on the river and sent Meza to the rail in sixth.

Michael DyerDyer then went home in fifth after he moved all in for 11 big blinds from the cutoff with AClub Suit9Spade Suit and ran into Leib’s ADiamond SuitKHeart Suit in the small blind. Dyer never improved and Leib scooped the pot with a better ace-high.

Following another bump in stakes, Shak was sent packing when he ran his ADiamond Suit6Diamond Suit into Leib’s 7Club Suit7Heart Suit. The board ran out 5Club Suit3Club Suit5Diamond Suit6Heart Suit5Heart Suit and Shak was eliminated in fourth. Shak’s elimination left Leib and Aronowitz neck-and-neck for the chip lead, while Richard “3ofspade” Bruner was on fumes.

Bruner busted in third when his QHeart Suit4Club Suit fell to Aronowitz’s QDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit after all the chips got into the middle preflop, which left a very even start to the heads-up match.

It wasn’t even for long, though. An early cooler went Leib’s way and he quickly found himself with a better than 20-to-1 chip lead.

Leib raised on the button and Aronowitz called out of the big blind. The flop was KDiamond SuitQHeart Suit3Spade Suit and there “was a bet and a call,” according to the official updates. The 4Heart Suit came on the turn and all the chips found their way into the middle.

Leib showed 3Club Suit3Diamond Suit, giving him bottom set, and Aronowitz needed to fill up with his KClub Suit4Heart Suit. The 5Spade Suit came on the river and Leib won the massive pot to leave Aronowitz with fewer than six big blinds. Leib finished the job a few hands later with middle pair against a gutshot straight draw.

Here is a look at the final table results:

Place Player Earnings
1 Michael “ninj17” Leib $81,645
2 Robert “LuckyLuch11” Aronowitz $50,562
3 Richard “3ofspade” Bruner $35,907
4 Dan “oiltrader513” Shak $25,850
5 Michael “helionic” Dyer $18,886
6 Mijael “Diaper_money” Meza $13,926
7 Vinny “Vinnyj88” John $10,467
8 Michael “MMenz08816” Menzer $7,919
9 George “gkon86” Konstantoulakis $6,098